Meaningful Use

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By Bill Siwicki 09:12 am July 15, 2016
The health IT executive claims rivals Allscripts and Epic were dead in the water before meaningful use, reveals his company’s parlor trick, and says don't call my technology an EHR.
EHR Regulatory Relief Act

Senator John Thune, R-South Dakota, and others introduced legislation to bring more flexibility to the meaningful use EHR program. 

By Tom Sullivan 04:37 pm July 13, 2016
The same six U.S. Senators who previously brought forth a bill to reboot the meaningful use program introduced a new effort Wednesday meant to ease some of its requirements.
ONC API interoperability
By Jessica Davis 10:40 am July 13, 2016
Carefluence OpenAPI proved to be compliant with Office of the National Coordinator criteria by using the FHIR standard. The application programming interface also can used with EHRs for open access.
CMS EHR CPOE quality reporting

Acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt said the new proposals are designed to improve patient experience and outcomes.

By Bernie Monegain 10:21 am July 07, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urges Congress to institute more flexibility for quality reporting and eliminate clinical decision support and computerized provider order entry measures for eligible hospitals.
Irv Lichtenwald, CEO of Medsphere Systems

Medsphere Systems CEO Irv Lichtenwald says his company's merger with ChartLogic will create "a comprehensive healthcare IT platform that extends from physician practices to acute care hospitals and inpatient behavioral health facilities."

By Bernie Monegain 02:49 pm June 28, 2016
The move, announced June 28, expands Medsphere’s enterprise healthcare IT products and services to include ChartLogic’s ambulatory EHR, practice management and medical billing technology.

"In creating this flexibility, CMS is proposing a level of complexity that increases the burden on eligible clinicians," HIMSS told acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt in a June 27 letter.

By Mike Miliard 11:09 am June 28, 2016
The deadline to submit comments on the sweeping payment and delivery changes proposed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was June 27. Most major health organization have made their voices heard.
ONC EHR interoperability

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD, said that the federal government and healthcare industry need a new dialogue about how health data is centralized, de-centralized, secured and accessed. Source: Senate.help.gov. 

By Diana Manos 07:39 am June 21, 2016
Several experts contend that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is attacking the wrong problems and the last thing anyone needs is more prescriptive regulation about EHR functionality, usability and quality measurement.

"American physicians have become the most expensive data entry workforce on the face of the planet," said American Medical Association Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD.

By Jessica Davis 03:30 pm June 13, 2016
James L. Madara, MD, addressed the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting, stressing the need to weed out electronic products that waste providers’ time and confuse patients.
MACRA
By Mike Miliard 10:45 am June 07, 2016
Stakeholders have until June 27 to weigh in with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Why should you? Experts say the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act is an aggressive and transformational piece of rulemaking. 
MACRA EHR Interoperability

AMA President Steven Stack, MD, said that the time has come to leave the flawed measures of meaningful use behind and advance interoperability under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:05 am June 06, 2016
The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association call on ONC to rethink how it measures interoperability. Rather than simply gauging data exchange, they contend, ONC should focus on better care coordination.

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